Wakefield wedding day carriage crash

James and Claire Sykes.

James and Claire Sykes.

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A BRIDE and groom were left battered and bruised on their wedding day after being thrown from a horse and carriage.

James and Claire Sykes were rushed to Pinderfields Hospital just an hour after their wedding in Wakefield when the horse hit a lamppost and threw them out of the carriage it was pulling.

The pair, who had married at Wakefield Register Office last Saturday, also had their four-year-old daughter Abby-Lei on the carriage, but luckily she escaped injury.

Mrs Sykes, 28, of Shaw Rise, Normanton, said: “I just sank into my husband’s chest and started crying. I just wanted to know my little girl was okay.

“We have both cried thinking about how bad it could have been.”

The couple had got on the carriage at The Pineapple pub on the A655 Normanton by-pass.

They were due to travel towards Normanton from the pub, where they had had some pictures taken following the wedding.

But Mrs Sykes said the horse began moving too quickly, before bucking and then hitting a lamppost, dumping the couple and their daughter into the road.

Mrs Sykes said: “It all happened so fast.

“Witnesses told us they saw the horse bucking when it got out of its box so we think there was something wrong from the beginning.”

The family say they have since discovered that the carriage operator was not insured, meaning they will get no compensation for the accident.

Mrs Sykes added: “We will never get our wedding day back again, no matter what happens.

“But with some compensation we could have maybe had a trip away or a new photoshoot which would have made us feel a bit better about it all.”

A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said officers were called at 11.52am last Saturday to a road traffic collision involving a horse-drawn carriage.

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